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Hon. Paul A. Crotty

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Judge
New York, NY, USA


Paul A. Crotty was appointed U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York on April 15, 2005.  He entered upon the duties of his office on August  1, 2005.

Judge Crotty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1962, and was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy.  He served on active duty for two years, and then attended and graduated with distinction from the Cornell Law School in June 1967. He was a member of the Order of the Coif and was awarded the Law School's Fraser prize.  He was also the President of the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic.

Following his graduation from law school, Judge Crotty clerked for U.S. District Judge Lloyd F. McMahon of the Southern District of New York, before joining Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine as an associate in 1969. He was made a partner in 1976. Judge Crotty served  in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch, from 1984 to 1988 as Commissioner of the Office of Financial Services, Commissioner of Finance and Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development.  Judge Crotty returned to Donovan Leisure as a partner, from 1988 to 1993.  Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani appointed him as Corporation Counsel for New York

City in 1994. He served in that capacity until November  1997, when he left to become Verizon 's Group President for New York and Connecticut.  He worked there until July, 2005.

Judge Crotty has served on the Boards of numerous public and not-for-profit organizations, including the Lower Manhattan Developm ent Corporation, the New York Urban League, Tri-State United Way, Polytechnic University, and the Legal Aid Society of New York.

Judge Crotty is married to Jane Frances Rea.  They have three children and two grandchildren.

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